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Monongalia County man sentenced for synthetic marijuana distribution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Stephen Graziano, 25, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 36 months incarceration for distributing synthetic marijuana, United States Attorney William J. Powell announced.

In July 2012 through April 2014, Stephen Graziano, owner and operator of X Hale Hookah Lounge in Morgantown, West Virginia, was distributing synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as spice, K2, incense, or fake weed. Synthetic cannabinoids are designer drugs that resemble a controlled substance in molecular structure and actual or intended physiological effect. 
Graziano pled guilty on March 27, 2017 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance Analogue.” 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. 
Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated November 2, 2017